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 for apposition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apposition \Ap`po*si"tion\, n. [L. appositio, fr. apponere: cf.
     F. apposition. See Apposite.]
     1. The act of adding; application; accretion.
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              It grows . . . by the apposition of new matter.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     2. The putting of things in juxtaposition, or side by side;
        also, the condition of being so placed.
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     3. (Gram.) The state of two nouns or pronouns, put in the
        same case, without a connecting word between them; as, I
        admire Cicero, the orator. Here, the second noun explains
        or characterizes the first.
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     Growth by apposition (Physiol.), a mode of growth
        characteristic of non vascular tissues, in which nutritive
        matter from the blood is transformed on the surface of an
        organ into solid unorganized substance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  apposition
      n 1: a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase
           that follows; "`Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' is an
           example of apposition"
      2: (biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the
         deposit of successive layers of material
      3: the act of positioning close together (or side by side); "it
         is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"
         [syn: juxtaposition, apposition, collocation]

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